Archive for 2012

The Arizona Desert is very different from the Central Oregon Coast

i am currently visiting my sons in Arizona.  I really love the different landscaping and plants in this area.  While walking in the neighborhood I was amazed at the different, healthy cactus and bushes.

These Bougainvillea  bushes are lush and gorgeous!

This group made me smile,, but I didn't get too close.

Another little family

These were blooming and very interesting to look at.

A closer look
And the real reason for coming to Arizona was to meet some new grandsons and be at my son Sandy's wedding.  A really nice trip.

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Another Fun Day at Work

So,, yesterday I was playing in the studio with good friend Carrie who owns the Wine Place in Yachats.  It's not Carrie's first trip to the studio.  She is always a little (lot) overwhelmed at the amount of "inventory" as she calls it and the color and sparkle the studio holds.  Yesterday she played with clay for the first time ever in her life..I think she is hooked.  I love it when folks come play in the studio with me--so many creative possibilities--it inspires me.

This is the "glass" part of the studio-perhaps Carrie will explore these possibilities next??
I was needing to conduct some QuilTak business at the same time so I called one of the inquiries received via email.  I love my job!  I get to talk to the sweetest folks.  This lady is from Massachusetts I believe she said.  She is over 80 years old and just a fun person to converse with.  She has an eight year old granddaughter who is hooked on sewing and crafting,, to her grandmas delight.

Buckets of every color shape, size and texture of glass.
  The story goes like this.  She has a friend who is 84 I think she said whose daughter found her a QuilTak at a yard sale recently.  Well that has changed her life literally.  This friend puts quilts together on a continual basis and gives them to folks in need or friends or whoever,, just so she has a reason to make another quilt.  I answered all her questions and she said she needed to talk with her friend and they would mail in an order. So a little while after talking to this lady, her friend called, the 84 year old, and we had a great chat.  She has five quilts waiting to be basted and she needs Taks quick for the tool.  I asked to make sure she had The Original QuilTak tool and she said, yes it was orange and had the sticker saying Flagstaff on it.  Well that was our original tool back 20 years ago.  I assured her that it still takes the same needles and taks, but the current tool is purple--of course. She's mailing in her order ;-)))
It is really nice to provide great customer service to the sweetest folks in the world--quilters!!!  And it's really, really, nice to be coming up on our 20 year anniversary of doing business.. Yeah for QuilTak!!!

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The Albany Historic Carousel
The Chicken

Horse before paint

Finished horse
So as you can imagine,, I really like Carousels and it is just the biggest treat to be able to go watch one being  born.  My friend Ellen Anderson met me in Albany last week,, a couple hour drive for each of us.  She stayed focused and took these photos, I on the other hand had big eyes and couldn't take it all in fast enough.  These pics show how the animals are constructed and finished.  They are especially amazing as they have many surprises when you take the time to look at them close.  Other animals are along for the to speak.  Our plan is to meet there at least once a month where the volunteers will help us learn to paint and carve animals for the Carousel.  What a treat!!

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Wooliemittens-How to stay warm and cozy

These folks are customers of QuilTak.  They have found a use for the tool and Taks to keep their mitten cuffs--Wooliemittens--secure in retail stores.  Those friends who live or perhaps have family or friends in colder climates,, check these cuties out,, they look and sound like they are the cats meow for keeping those digits warm and cozy. And the colors are wonderful--we can never have enough colors in the world,, especially when one lives in a dark, dreary land for months on end.

They also have an option of turning that favorite wool item/sweater into mittens. How cool is that! Grins

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We're Staying Put!

Maui Oct 2012 complete with "green flash"
My golly, what a roller coaster the last many months,, first let's make plans to move to Maui in a few years.  Next,,that was way too big,, so how about let's move to Albany, Oregon.  

Summer 2012 Albany, Oregon Carousel Project where I will volunteer monthly

Waldo Lake campout Sept 2012--bair & Gale

That is closer, closer to all we love to do,,hiking, kayaking, camping,, all without rain and wind.  But there were many  things about that goal that just didn't feel just right.. But I think it's the whole process that we have been doing the past several months that has helped us fine tune our true preferences.  If we moved,, we would leave our lovely spot on the Central Oregon Coast that we love so much.  We have gotten our home pretty much the way we want it.. so no more hard long weekends doing remodeling and repairs.  Just minor upkeep.  

The yard is wonderful, but time consuming at this point.  So the plan is to simplify all areas of our lives.  I think that may have been part of the reason we wanted to move,, we have had several "reduction sales" with moving in mind,, so we have been downsizing and it does feel wonderful.  

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A New Computer to Blog with,, Life is Good

I am finally testing the new Mac Laptop with the blog..  I have to say it has felt very overwhelming,, especially around tax time.  But here we go..Testing

Lupin looking adorable
Sweet Sage trying out her new emergency Tsunami harness

and Pippin doing acrobatics with her new wand.

the pips "not helping with the computer learning"

these kits are not best of friends,, but a sun spot in Oregon is a shared delight!!!
Cat photos are always a good way to test the new computer with the blog ;-))

Apple makes it very easy to blog it turns out,,, stay turned for lots more fun stuff.

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Jicama Salad

This is just a quickie to get this recipe posted.. I have promised it to many folks, so here you go--to yummy and too refreshing for words,, great for gatherings.

this second pic is a test,, to see if you can read a recipe sideways,, but it will only be this way until I can figure out how to get this sucker changed the right way... so hurry--see if you can pass the test.  grins ;-))

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Valentines Day

Last night the artists at The Wine Place in Yachats gathered for good food and visiting.. This was my contribution to the event.. I love Valentines Day.. It is just such a good day all around..  I learned last year @ age 60 that strawberries could be cut in such a way as to produce a heart shape,, now I cut all my strawberries that way all year long ;-)))

Brown Sugar Sour Cream Sauce

(for fresh berries)
serves 4-8
1 cup Sour Cream--or half sour cream and half plain yogurt
1/2 cup Brown Sugar--or raw sugar
1 tsp Vanilla--or almond flavoring or?????
Mix together --best if chilled for a few hours,,,,and serve.

Yes it has been a while since last posting,, however taxes, new mac laptop (hono) and the learning curve at age,, almost 61,, has gotten the better of me,, but I have persevered and figured some stuff out,, at least how to get the old computer to recognize all my photos on the i-phone.. going to class in Portland tomorrow to learn about i-cloud and picture moving.  It's quite a treat all this technology,, so glad to be part of the wave.  Grins for your Heart Day

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Cleaning up

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Just a quick update to mark the progress of the “maui Journey”

It is so nice to be able to "purge" old files knowing what the future plans are--makes a lot more room, both in the office and in my head.

the "helper"
The office has never looked better or had more room to move—the cats are loving it. 

the storm blew out our topper side window on Gale's way to work on Tues.

looks like insurance will help ;-))
Our Oregon Coast Winter Storms have exceeded all predictions and expectations.. great information at and

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This and That

Sunday, January 08, 2012
Not sure what I was thinking—getting a new computer the last day of the year,, and having a copy of all the innards of the old computer transferred over to the “new” computer.. ??? Well a few glitches occurred,, but now all is well due to our great computer guru.  Thanks Urs!!  And so glad I had done a full back up before taking the tower in to have data transferred..  Now all I have to do is learn how to use the new computer—very fun adventure. 

Oregon sunset 1.7.12--my sweet mama's birthday..

A surprise, are these the cutest??

I have been diligent about the moving/simplifying/organizing process.  Each day I have done something to forward the process.  I have been a bit stuck in the office—at least now I know what the plan is and can clear out accordingly.  Here are a couple photos to show what it was the first of the year—looks a lot like a bomb went off,, but it is coming along,, having been going through files, drawers, shelves—haven’t touched the closet yet---that will be an all day activity.

Office closet--before

Office--more before

Have also been gathering fun pics of inspirational art—enjoy!
Driftwood with inserts

Mask--on side--clay with embellishments

this is a fence,, but pic is not wanting to turn itself properly--something to do with texting, emailing, blogging,, something got lost in translation ;-))

You all enjoy your Sunday,, it's another gorgeous day at the Central Oregon Coast.   

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